Who really controls the USA's Government and Political Parties?
- 2009/11/23 01:07:27
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On the 6th of June in 2008, I got an e-mail from the Democratic Party stating that if I was a federal lobbyist, or if I controlled political action committee donations, they would not be accepting my contribution. I had not offered to make one, nor was a member of any political party, nor was a lobbyist (unless you count trying to promote my own electoral reform) or in any way affiliated with any PAC, although I had done volunteer work for both the Democratic party and the Obama campaign that year, so that's probably why they sent me the e-mail.
On the 27th of June 2008, they sent me another e-mail regarding this subject. This one started out as follows: "Dear Donald, As of this month, the Democratic National Committee no longer accepts donations from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs. We're joining the campaign of our presumptive nominee, Barack Obama, in setting a new standard for a people-powered politics. Unlike John McCain and the Republican National Committee, we will not allow Washington lobbyists or PACs to control our campaigns, manipulate our candidates, or drown out the views of the American people."
Now, I know politicians in both major parties have had to accept such funding in order to be able to keep up with each other for a very long time in the United States, and I know that the corporate influences politicians have come to accept for so long whether by choice or out of a perceived necessity, are not simply going to vanish because of a decision like this... but I was still happy to see them try. Now I'm wondering how successful the United States citizens think they have been, if at all.
I also had hoped that the Republican party would follow the lead of the Democratic party in this respect just as the Democratic party had followed the lead of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. It looks to me as though they did not, and they still control nearly half of the political positions in the United States at this time, so getting a vote on anything to pass in the United States federal government in opposition to international corporate interests and in favor of the general population is probably still almost impossible.
I'm going to make two polls to go along with this blog. You should be able to find them in my SodaHead questions list, at: http://www.sodahead.com/TechnoZeus/questions/
I hope to get a bit of feedback on this blog before posting the polls, so if you can't find them... please give me some idea in here what you think you would like to be able to vote. Here is the tentative list of possible poll "answers", which I plan to taylor for Republican and Democratic parties in the two polls, although input about other political parties would also be most welcome...
___ "The politicians keep most of the control to themselves."
___ "Ordinary United States Citizens have most of the control."
___ "Their party members have most of the control."
___ "National corporate interests have most of the control."
___ "Their National Committees control them."
___ "International entities such as corporate giants have most of the control."
___ "A mix of National and International entities have most of the control."
Once the polls are ready, I will announce it here with a comment to this blog, and possibly edit this text also to say that they are ready. Please share them with your friends in the United States and invite your friends to this blog as well. Let's try to get this all out in the open once and for all.
Update: The pair of polls to go with this blog have been created. You can find them through the following two links...
Who's really in control of the USA's Democratic Party politics? Who's really in control of the USA's Republican Party politics?
I realise there are many ways to interpret these questions. It's the comments and discussion that I am most interested in, but the intention of the question is to get at who's really calling the shots in the United States. Not just under the current administration, but in general. If you feel that it has changed in recent years, please mention something to that effect in your comment. I realise the situation is very complex there and all answers will probably be very incomplete and very subjective... but hopefully together they can paint an overall picture of what things are really like and what goes on behind the scenes.
Donald A. Kronos, Ph.D.
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